- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The semifinals of next year’s Centennial Copa America will be played in Houston on June 21 and at Chicago the following day.

Quarterfinals will be at Seattle on June 16 and at East Rutherford, New Jersey, the next day, then end with two games June 18, at Foxborough, Massachusetts, and at Santa Clara, California.

The United States is the top seed in Group A and will host the tournament opener at Santa Clara on June 3, organizers said Thursday. The Americans play at Chicago four days later and at Philadelphia on June 11.

If the U.S. wins its group, its path to the final would include a quarterfinal at Seattle and a semifinal at Houston. If the Americans finish second, their route would be a quarterfinal at East Rutherford and a semifinal at Chicago.

“It’s almost like a World Cup,” U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “it’s a wonderful way to kind of test the players out, to see where we are at that point in time. Obviously, the big picture is always the World Cup 2018 in Russia, but a Copa America is something special.”

Brazil heads Group B and plays at Pasadena, California (June 4), Orlando, Florida (June 8) and Foxborough (June 12).

Mexico is seeded in Group C and plays at Glendale (June 5), Pasadena (June 9) and Houston (June 13).

Argentina tops Group D and plays at Santa Clara (June 6), Chicago (June 10) and Seattle (June 14).

The special 16-team tournament marks the 100th anniversary of the first Copa America, South America’s national-team championship. A draw will be held early next year for the tournament, which includes 10 teams from South America and six from the CONCACAF region.

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